Former Bolivian President Evo Morales Concedes Interview to Folha in Mexico City

Evo says he does not fear returning to Bolivia because he is not corrupt

Lula, the former president of Brazil, said you were wrong to try his fourth term.

Bolivian Central Obrera and other sectors said the only candidate was Evo. If I made a mistake, it was accepting the will of the people.

But the constitution provides for two terms. You lost the referendum and insisted on the candidacy.

The referendum was a lie, a dirty campaign.

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You defined your departure from office as a civic, political, and police coup. Only then did you include the military in it. What was their participation?

The coup began on October 21, when Carlos Mesa did not recognize the results.

Did suspending the disclosure of the results help to create this atmosphere of distrust?

They suspended the [vote] quick count, not the official one. A preliminary report said that I won by seven percentage points more than the votes [it took ten points from the runner-up to make the election in the first round]. And I said: wait for the votes from the countryside.

When did you also decide to resign?

They began to pursue militants and officials from our government.

Don't you fear returning to Bolivia?

I am not corrupt; I am not delinquent. I have the right to return. 

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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